Mets takeaways from Thursday's win over Rockies, including dominant Marcus Stroman

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Marcus Stroman Mets pitching during day at Citi FIeld May 2021
Marcus Stroman Mets pitching during day at Citi FIeld May 2021

The Mets beat the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

Takeaways

  • Marcus Stroman was shaky at the start as he struggled to locate, but he settled in to dominate the Rockies while tossing six scoreless innings. Stroman allowed just three hits, walked two, and struck out three as he lowered his ERA for the season to 2.47.

  • Stroman worked around a bit of a mess in the sixth inning. After Cameron Maybin broke back on what should've been an easy fly out off the bat of Trevor Story and allowed it to drop in shallow center, Stroman retired Charlie Blackmon and Joshua Fuentes to escape the inning unscathed.

  • Stroman also made a few tremendous plays on the mound, including one where he pounced off the rubber to field a bunt by Garrett Hampson leading off the top of the fifth inning before firing a strike to first base.

  • Edwin Diaz closed things out with a perfect seventh, getting two soft grounders and a swinging strikeout on a 99 mph fastball.

  • The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Jose Peraza lofted a solo homer to left field.

  • The Mets were without Dominic Smith, who missed the game due to a bruised knee. Manager Luis Rojas said before the game that Smith was available off the bench, but he did not enter.

  • Continuing to play without most of their regular position players, the Mets managed just three hits.

What's Next

The Mets face the Rockies in Game 2 of their doubleheader on Thursday afternoon.

New York then opens a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m.